Justin Williams returned to practice Friday and is expected to suit up Saturday against the Canadiens, Coach Barry Trotz before the Capitals headed to Montreal.
“He’s in,” Trotz said.
Williams, who is third on the team in goals with 17, missed Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Bruins after suffering a lower body injury the previous night in Brooklyn. It marked the first game this season the 35-year-old missed.
Williams had hoped to play against the Bruins, but after taking a twirl on the ice Wednesday morning he knew that he’d be better served by sitting out.
“It wasn’t quite there, so if we could give it a day then really you’re giving it three days because we weren’t playing until Saturday,” Williams said.
Williams added: “At this time of year, you try to manage yourself, manage your body to make it peak at the right time, and it wasn’t the right play to play last game.”
Williams practiced in his usual spot on the second line Friday. Jakub Vrana, who was recalled as insurance, rotated in.
Assuming there’s no unforeseen setback, though, it’ll be Williams skating alongside Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov at Bell Centre.
“There are a lot things that go into it,” Williams said. “Each day it will get better, it’ll feel better. If it doesn’t, then you’ve got problems. It felt good today, better than it did yesterday, and hopefully it’ll feel better tomorrow morning.”
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